Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Nexterone
Generic Name: amiodarone (injection) (Pronunciation: A mi OH da rone)
What is amiodarone injection (Nexterone)?
Amiodarone is an antiarrhythmic medication that affects the rhythm of heartbeats.
Amiodarone is used to help keep the heart beating normally in people with life-threatening heart rhythm disorders of the ventricles (the lower chambers of the heart that allow blood to flow out of the heart). Amiodarone is used to treat or prevent ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation.
Amiodarone may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of amiodarone injection (Nexterone)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
You may continue to have side effects from amiodarone after you stop using it. It could take up to several months for the medicine to completely clear from your body.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects, even if they occur up to several months after you stop using amiodarone:
Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about amiodarone injection (Nexterone)?
Amiodarone injection is for use only in life-threatening situations. This medication has the potential to cause side effects that could be fatal, and you will receive your injection in a hospital setting.
You should not receive this medication if you are allergic to amiodarone or iodine, or if you have a serious heart condition such as "AV block" (unless you have a pacemaker) or a history of slow heart beats.
Do not receive amiodarone if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby.
In an emergency situation it may not be possible before you are treated to tell your caregivers about your health conditions or if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Make sure any doctor caring for you afterward knows that you have received this medication.
To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your blood will need to be tested often. Your thyroid and liver function may also need to be tested, and you may need eye exams and chest x-rays. Visit your doctor regularly.
Amiodarone takes a long time to completely clear from your body. You may continue to have side effects from amiodarone after you stop using it. Drug interactions are also possible for up to several months after you stop using the medication. Talk to your doctor before taking any medication during this time. Keep track of how long it has been since your last dose of amiodarone.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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